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Writing an Obituary > A longer obituary


Write an obituary based on the following set of facts, supplied to you by the funeral home, and your notes from your interviews with family members. Assume you are writing this on Friday for the Saturday morning edition of your newspaper.
  • Linus Pauling died at his Big Sur ranch Saturday.

  • He died at age 93.

  • He founded the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine in 1973. The institute moved to Palo Alto in 1980.

  • He had been in frail health for several months.

  • He is survived by a sister; four children, including Crellin Pauling of Portola Valley; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

  • He received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Oregon Agricultural College in 1922 and a doctorate in chemistry and mathematical physics from Cal Tech in 1925.

  • He was best known for his advocacy of the use of vitamin C as a preventive measure to ward off diseases such as cancer.

  • He won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1954 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962.

  • Henry Taube, a Stanford professor emeritus of chemistry and also a Nobel winner, said Pauling was the most influential chemist of the century.

  • His interests and knowledge ranged from medicine to nuclear physics.

  • His Nobel Peace Prize was for his crusade against nuclear weapons tests.

  • His Nobel Prize for chemistry was for work into the nature of the chemical bond and the understanding of the structure of complex substances.

  • His wife, Ava Miller Pauling, died in 1981 after 58 years of marriage.

  • In a 1993 interview, Pauling described his scientific inquisitiveness: "I think one characteristic I have always had is that I knew whether I knew something or did not, whether I understood something or did not understand it. And I wasn't always happy if I didn't understand something."

  • In addition to teaching at Stanford, Pauling was a faculty member earlier at the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, San Diego, and taught at the Study of Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara.

  • Memorial services will be held in the near future at Stanford Memorial Church.

  • Pauling had long maintained that extra doses of vitamins, including vitamin C, can extend the normal life expectancy by 25 years.

  • Pauling was a native of Portland, Ore.

  • Pauling was a professor emeritus of chemistry at Stanford University.

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